PASADENA (Jan. 25, 2017) – Sophomore Elizabeth Eiden (White Plains, N.Y. / Holy Child) proved to be the Caltech women's basketball team's top offensive weapon in Wednesday's home loss to Chapman University in SCIAC play.
Eiden used her height as a means of countering the smaller Panthers and yielded 12 points on 50-percent shooting. All of her best looks came directly beneath the basket and she was especially effective on inbound plays. She also picked up six rebounds, one steal and one block and was on her way to a double-double before fouling out with roughly six-and-a-half minutes to go in the fourth quarter. Senior Kate Lewis (San Antonio, Texas / Ronald Reagan) came even closer to notching a double-double, scoring 10 points to go with nine rebounds and three assists despite flirting with foul trouble as well. Sophomore Madeline Schemel (Westport, Conn. / Staples) posted arguably her best all-around stat line of the season, totaling six points, seven rebounds and five assists, matching her assist total from Saturday's game at the University of La Verne.
The Beavers found the Panthers' relentless full-court press difficult to navigate and had to fight for every basket. The Caltech defense kept Chapman in check throughout the first quarter, as the Beavers trailed the Panthers by just five points heading into the second frame. The Panthers, however, took control in the second and third quarter with the three-pointer being one of the game's key differences. Chapman made six more three-pointers than Caltech, but only outshot the Beavers by just over one percent. Caltech did win the rebounding battle and registered more points in the paint, which could be a point of emphasis the next time these two teams meet.
Head Coach Sandra Marbut and the Beavers will head to the University of Redlands (8-9 overall, 5-3 SCIAC) this Saturday, Jan. 28 for their second meeting of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 5 p.m.